Residency Dates
  • July 2022 – July 2022
  • December 2022 – December 2022
  • January 2023 – January 2023

TT Takemoto is a queer Japanese American artist exploring Asian American history, sexuality, and identity. Their experimental films delve into hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and trauma in Asian and Asian American archives. Takemoto interacts with found footage and archival materials through performance and labor-intensive processes of painting, lifting, and manipulating 16mm/35mm film emulsion using scotch tape, razor blades, and nail polish, conjuring immersive fantasies involving butch surgeons, femme fish filleting, and homoerotic bread making. Their films honor queer Asian Americans who lived during the prewar era and beyond. Takemoto has exhibited at Asian Art Museum, de Young Museum, Oakland Museum, Spencer Art Museum, and Alphawood Gallery, and has received grants from Art Matters, ArtPlace, Fleishhacker Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Takemoto received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film at Slamdance Film Festival and Best Experimental Film Jury Award at Austin LGBT International Film Festival. Their festival screenings include Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, BFI Flare (London), MIX Milano, MIX Mexico, Outfest, Queer Forever! (Hanoi), Rio Gay Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, TranScreen (Amsterdam), and Xposed International Queer Film Festival (Berlin). Takemoto is Dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts.